- SOW Title: Feasibility Study Consultant
- STTA Purpose: Build the capacity of staff in the Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Electricity and Ministry of Municipalities to establish functional feasibility departments.
- LOE: 120 working days with a possibility for extension based on program needs
- Job Classification: International Expatriate STTA
- Location: Erbil, Iraq
- Estimated Start Date: On/or about 1 October 2019
The purpose of the Iraq Governance Performance and Accountability (IGPA/Takamul) project is to advance effective, accountable, and transparent governance in Iraq. This USAID effort, implemented by DAI, is working with the Government of Iraq (GOI) at all levels to better respond to citizen needs by supporting reform initiatives and Iraqi change agents on inclusive governance and public-sector transparency, accountability, and economy. Reform initiatives includes support to improve service delivery functions, public financial management, and open government initiatives. IGPA/Takamul will support the GOI and the citizens of Iraq in forming partnerships and collaborative efforts to solve problems jointly. IGPA/Takamul has four (4) objectives:
1. Enhance GOI service delivery capacity
2. Improve public financial management (PFM)
3. Strengthen monitoring and oversight of service delivery and public expenditure
4. Support Iraqi change agents (cross-cutting objective)
The Feasibility Study Consultant will work closely under objective 2: improving PFM in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
The KRG Ministry of Planning (MOP) is responsible for reviewing a large number of investment projects proposed by line ministries based on specific criteria. As such, line ministries should propose investment projects that meet certain requirements and needs for MOP approval and financing. Conducting a feasibility study is one of the main MOP requirements for investment project approval. A feasibility study is the analysis that considers all of a project’s relevant factors and indicators including economic (financial, social and environmental), technical, legal, and scheduling considerations to ensure completing investment projects successfully.
The lack of feasibility studies being conducted for investment project proposals has resulted in the MOP disapproving a large number of projects. This has resulted in cancelling investment projects that potentially could address public service delivery needs including long-term strategic projects. The MOP in KRG has approached IGPA/Takamul for support in establishing and building the capacity of a feasibility study department in the MOP and Ministries of Electricity and Municipalities – main directorate of water and sewerage. These ministries have feasibility study departments in their organizational structure, but due to the lack of specialized and skilled staff, the departments have been eliminated.
The main purpose of this scope of work is to build the capacity of staff in the MOP, Ministry of Electricity and Ministry of Municipalities to establish functional feasibility departments. These ministries are responsible for critical service delivery to address the needs of citizens. The consultant will develop and build the capacity of government counterparts to implement relevant methodologies, manuals, rules and regulations for conducting feasibility studies that focus on financial, social and environmental factors for feasibility studies:
- Financial Feasibility : Financial feasibility analysis is conducted by developing a base case financial plan and assessing the sensitivity of the profitability of the project, and the projected return, on the investor’s equity to various contingencies.
- Social Feasibility : For social feasibility, an efficient calculation model is needed that is focused on the impact of the proposed projects toward enhancing the life of the beneficiaries through considering humans and social groups as the center of the social feasibility formula.
- Environmental Feasibility : The environmental aspect is crucial for the success for any potential projects and should be considered during the early stages of the project. All of the environmental concerns raised or forecasted should be addressed in the environmental feasibility so that proper actions can be taken to address relevant environmental issues.
The main objectives of the feasibility study consultant scope of work are to:
- Assess the current situation for the MOP and Ministries of Electricity and Municipalities of the feasibility study mechanisms, rules, regulations and guidance for the public investment projects selection criteria.
- Develop methodologies, manuals, rules and regulations for an acceptable feasibility study mechanism and process for investment projects.
- Provide needed feasibility study trainings for MOP and line ministries based on the mechanisms, rules, regulations and guidelines developed for public investment project selection and approval.
- Build the capacity of the feasibility study department in MOP to direct and guide the line ministries in conducting efficient feasibility studies based on international best practices.
- Provide technical support to the feasibility study departments in the select Ministries to enable them to operate based on the new MOP requirements for project selection and feasibility studies.
II. Specific Tasks of the Consultant
Under this Scope of Work, the Consultant shall contribute to performing, but not be limited to, the specific tasks specified under the following categories:
Task 1: Conduct a situational assessment for the current system of preparing feasibility studies for approving investment projects by the Ministry of Planning in relation for line ministries. The situational assessment will help the feasibility study consultant to understand the needs of the MoP and line ministries staff. Moreover, it will help the feasibility consultant to develop and implement the training programs needed to build the feasibility capacity and expertise for the MoP and line ministries staff.
Task 2: Conduct and facilitate a workshop for the Ministry of Planning and line ministries to share assessment results, recommendations and training programs. The workshop will provide the KRG MOP and line ministries governmental officials to participate in recommendations for the capacity development of the feasibility departments and provide an opportunity to provide feedback on the assessment results.
Task 3: Develop activities based on the workshop outcomes and recommendations . Through this activity, the consultant will finalize the tasks and activities for building capacity of the feasibility departments for trainings, technical assistance and development of a feasibility toolkit. For all formal workshops and trainings, consultant must ensure that sign-in sheet, photos, agenda and all training materials are provided to IGPA/Takamul for purposes of contractual compliance.
Task 4: Develop /redesign feasibility study department organizational structure for the MOP and related ministries. The redesign of the feasibility departments will assist MOP in the development of the needed feasibility study guidelines, mechanisms, manuals, rules and regulations.
Task 5: Develop feasibility study rules, regulations, manuals and guide books for conducting financial, social and environmental feasibilities for public sector investment projects. Under this activity, the consultant will develop the feasibility study rules, regulations, manuals and guide books required for all aspects of financial, social and environmental feasibilities for public sector investment projects to support the government to have a reference while conducting feasibility studies for public investment projects.
Task 6: Deliver all needed training for the MoP and line ministries staff who are working on feasibility study preparation. Under this activity, the consultant will work on delivering all needed trainings about preparing feasibility studies covering all aspects of financial, social and environmental criterion for public investment projects. For all formal workshops and trainings, consultant must ensure that sign-in sheet, photos, agenda and all training materials are provided to IGPA/Takamul for purposes of contractual compliance.
Task 7: Provide weekly reports, a final progress report and success stories in line with IGPA/Takamul guidance. Under this activity, the consultant will work on providing weekly reports to the IGPA staff to provide updates on progress towards the scope of work required tasks. Success stories provision is one of the core tasks for feasibility study consultant to show the development of the activities and task objectives. The consultant will submit a final progress report highlighting the achievements accomplished for each task, recommendations, and next steps.
III. Required Qualification
- Master’s degree in economics, project management. PhD is preferable.
- Minimum 10 years of relevant experience in practicing and advising governments on project selections criteria and/or feasibility study activities
- Proven strong analytical and written presentation skills in English
- Contributes to the development of financial feasibility study processes improvements
- Proven technical knowledge on specific aspects of feasibility study including (financial, social and environmental studies) for the public sector
- Pro-actively develops automated routines to help focus feasibility study testing
- Provides coaching to team members in all phases of the feasibility study process
- Experience with development of project selection criteria based on international standards
- Responsible for quality assurance review of trainings developed
- Ability to provide on the job training for governmental staff
- Ability to provide training for governmental staff out of their offices
- Excellent writing and communication skills with persuasion abilities
IV. General Statement
The Feasibility Study Consultant work will be conducted primarily in the IGPA project office in Erbil. Under this SoW, the IGPA/Takamul project will be responsible to cover all other indirect implementation costs including air and ground transportation, lodging, per-diem, and phone communications.